Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Conference 2016
£22.50 – £125
Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Conference 2016

Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Conference 2016

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The Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Conference 2016 will take place at The Hive, Worcester on 3rd and 4th November. It offers an opportunity to network with colleagues while hearing about, and discussing, the latest developments in museum archaeology. This year's theme is 'A World of Archaeology: from local to global'. 

Attending the whole conference includes all the talks, refreshments and conference dinner. There are options for attending on just one day too. Fees are discounted for SMA members, early bird booking (SMA members only) and students or unwaged delegates.

If you require an invoice, rather than booking through Eventbrite please contact our Treasurer directly on We normally ask for an official purchase order before sending the invoice.

Why not join us for the FREE pre-conference fieldtrip on Thursday morning? Just select it as an additional item on the payment page so we know to expect you.

If you intend to join us for the conference dinner (included in 'Whole conference' tickets and 'Thursday only' tickets), please select it as an additional item on the payment page so we can gauge numbers and contact you to ask for your menu choices.

Thursday 3rd November                                                                                           

11am-12.30pm Optional field trip: The Commandery

David Nash, Commandery Manager and Social History Curator, Museums Worcestershire, and James Dinn, Archaeological Officer, Worcester City Council

12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch (own arrangements)


1.30pm- 2.00pm  Registration at The Hive


2.00pm Welcome 

Gail Boyle, Chair of the SMA


Session one: The Local Scene - Archaeology in Worcestershire

2.10pm-2.30pm: Introduction to Museums Worcestershire

Iain Rutherford, Museums Worcestershire


2.30pm-3.00pm:  There and Back Again: Collecting Archaeology in Worcester and Worcestershire

Debbie Fox, Museums Worcestershire


3.00pm-3.30pm OR 3.30pm-4.00pm:  Tour of The Hive

Delegates will be shown around the Hive in two half-hour slots.  When not on a tour there are refreshments available.

Derek Hurst, Worcester Archive and Archaeology Service


Session two:  Inspiration from Overseas

4.00pm-4.30pm:  Adela Breton: Ancient Mexico in Colour

Sue Giles, Bristol Museums and Galleries


4.30pm-5.00pm: Tourism and Community: an Ecuadorian village builds on its past

Chris Hudson, Chris Hudson Designs


Keynote address                                                                                                     

5.30pm-6.30pm: Bottom up or top down? Connecting local enquiry with global research

Professor Carenza Lewis, The University of Lincoln


7.30pm Conference dinner (included)

Join us for Indian food and informal chat at Massalla Lounge.

35 Broad Street, Worcester, WR1 3NH


Friday 4th November                                                                                                  


Session three: World Heritage Sites and International Partnerships

9.30am-10.00am:  From ‘The Most Extraordinary District in the World’ to ‘not all the World but a very poor bit of the fag end of it’. Archaeology at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site

Shane Kelleher, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust


10.00am-10.30am:  Interpreting an icon: displaying the archaeology of Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Susan Greaney, English Heritage


10.30am-11.00am: “Press 1 and Play” – Enhancing the Visitor Experience at The Roman Baths

Susan Fox, The Roman Baths


11.00am-11.20am Refreshments break


11.20am-11.50am: Hadrian’s Cavalry: an international collaborative project on a World Heritage Site

Frances McIntosh, English Heritage


11.50am-12.20pm: Fragmentary Ancestors and Making Monuments: International working at Manchester Museum

Bryan Sitch, Manchester Museum


12.20pm-12.45pm: SMA Annual General Meeting


12.45 pm-1.30pm Lunch (provided)

Further opportunity to network


Session four:  Reaching Out: from local to global

1.30pm-2.00pm: Westgate Oxford Pop-Up Museum: Taking Archaeology out into the City

Becky Peacock, Oxford Archaeology


2.00pm-2.30pm: Collections in the Landscape: The archaeology of the Peak District in your pocket

Joe Perry, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery


2.30pm-3.00pm: CIDOC and an International Standard for Archaeological Archives

Duncan H. Brown and Stephen Stead, Historic England


3.00pm-3.20pm Refreshments break


3.20pm-3.50pm:  The Portable Antiquities Scheme: from ‘local’ pilot project to global superstar?

Angie Bolton, Senior Finds Liaison Office, and Michael Lewis, Head of the Portable Antiquities Scheme


3.50pm-4.20pm:  Tuning into a digital world – reaching out from the West Midlands

Derek Hurst, Worcester Archive and Archaeology Service


4.20pm-4.50pm  Discussion


4.50pm-5.00pm  Sum up and Close

Gail Boyle, Chair of the Society for Museum Archaeology

Image: ‘House of Priests’ wall painting from the Casa de Barrios at Teopancaxco, Teotihuacan, Mexico State by Adela Breton © Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

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